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Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding is a fairly common problem among children. According to experts, the probability of grinding teeth is 2 to 3 out of every 10 kids. Teeth grinding is also called as bruxism.

You know your child suffers from teeth grinding if you hear noise of grinding during sleep, see sore jaw or face in the morning, child complains of pain while chewing, notice chipped enamel and unusual wear and tear of teeth.

Why does my kid grind teeth?

This is the most common query asked by the parents to the doctor and/or dentist. Some of the reasons why a
child grinds his or her teeth are as follows:

  • Alignment problem between top and bottom teeth.
  • To get relief from pain caused by a earache or during teething.
  • Stress or anxiety.
  • Hyperactivity.
  • Certain medical conditions.
  • Certain medications.

Is teeth grinding harmful?

Although teeth grinding is not a serious problem, the sound of grinding teeth is really unpleasant. Teeth grinding has no side-effects on some kids whereas, it may cause headaches or earaches in others. In worst case scenarios, grinding of teeth can result in worn enamel, chipped teeth, facial pain and jaw problems.

Teeth-grinding usually occurs at night-time. You may not aware that your child has the problem of teeth grinding.

Managing teeth grinding:

As children grow, eventually they stop grinding their teeth. If grinding causes sore jaws or teeth damage, then your dentist may recommend for a night guard to prevent grinding or clenching. You can try out some of the following tips to minimise the problem and help your kid:

  • Relaxing before bedtime by
    • Giving child a warm shower
    • Reading a book.
    • Listening to soothing music
  • Reducing stress by listening and solving your child’s concerns and fears.

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